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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


 
 
 
 
 




 
The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


How Far Should Special Needs Families Travel To Follow Their Gut?

Friday, July 01, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
How Far Should Special Needs Families Travel To Follow Their Gut?

As long as the road is in front of you, I would say to keep marching, seeking, querying and always believing you may uncover that one diamond in the millions of scattered pebbles. That sounds nice, doesn't it. The real answer is it depends. We don't reside on the yellow brick road but the real world and very few have the ability, the finances, the time, and family support to follow their gut. Reality tends to squelch guts and so, families are encouraged to follow their guts in  ..

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Membership

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Membership

Membership To what clubs do you belong? To what groups are you a member? These aloof questions often travel on an undercurrent of snobbery; the most elite tout their social connections and the memberships indicate little more than the fact you have filled out long applications, traced blood lines, and handed over some cash. That's easy for me to say since I belong to none except our local country club and we inherited that membership though for $1,000 anyone can join and play tenni ..

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Lessons from Dory's Parents

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Lessons from Dory's Parents

I was ready for the wave of emotion that would likely overtake me when my three oldest children and I ventured to see the story of Finding Dory. It did not disappoint and I if I did not have nerves of steel, I would have been a puddle. Not to mention that I was distracted by the fact that my oldest son looked embarrassed to be with me after a girl citing, a blessing in disguise as I likely would have slid out of my seat on a wave of hysterical tears. I didn't though; instead, I w ..

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A Letter to The Girl That Loves Amos

Monday, June 20, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
A Letter to The Girl That Loves Amos

A Letter to The Girl That Loves Amos Everyone deserves to be adored and my Amos has had his fair share of admirers. Most are from afar and he gives little notice to those that crow for his attention. I am likely his biggest fan and because he depends on me to interpret his expressions or utterances for food and water or the movie Cars and his blankie, he greets me quite cheerfully. While I adore being the object of his affection, I can't help but wonder will it always just be me? Th ..

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Why I'm Hugging My 2-Year-Old a Little Tighter Today

Thursday, June 16, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Why I'm Hugging My 2-Year-Old a Little Tighter Today

View on Babble (http://www.babble.com/parenting/after-hearing-the-story-of-the-alligator-at-disney-im-hugging-my-2-year-old-a-little-bit-tighter-today/) This morning, just like all of us, I woke to more heart-wrenching news from Orlando: A 2-year-old boy was missing after being pulled into the water by an alligator, while playing on a beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. My heart stopped. Just 2 years old, I keep thinking. He was only 2 years old. I myself have a ..

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Please Stop Comparing My Non-Verbal Two and A Half Year Old To Einstein

Monday, June 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (3)
Please Stop Comparing My Non-Verbal Two and A Half Year Old To Einstein

I could regurgitate Albert Einstein's life story at this point and still, I am skeptical. I am too knowledgeable to fall for this pipe dream and truthfully, it just makes me more and more depressed. I know people believe Einstein did not speak until he was four years old but I have yet to see a conclusive page from his baby book. It's hard for me to believe that his pages are a blank slate like that of my Amos, my thirty two month old, bespectacled, tow-headed fourth child. Ever so lov ..

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A Beautiful Nightmare

Monday, June 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
A Beautiful Nightmare

It is, you know. Incredibly lovely, beyond beautiful with colors that I never knew existed and an awareness that springs forth from my heart each and every day. It is also an insanity of joy that topples towards the deepest and darkest place I have ever been propelled, not an evil embrace but the saddest disbelief that my mind has never encountered. It is a beautiful nightmare and yet, I never wake up and so, some days are easy and fun, the light and airy thoughts circle our family of six a ..

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The Physicality of Amos.

Monday, June 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
The Physicality of Amos.

My own thoughts typically center around the emotional components of raising Amos. There is so much there to ponder and reflect, that I rarely move from that culmination of thinking. Financial aspects weigh heavy too as well as the time juggling ten weekly therapy appointments, sending documents, seeking approval, all parts of the business side of having a child with special needs. Lately though I am reminded of the physical hardship that accompanies children with special needs and the their ..

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Does anyone really put fake glasses on a real baby?

Monday, June 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Does anyone really put fake glasses on a real baby?

There may be people out there who put faux glasses on their infants and toddlers, but I am not one of them. Just ask my pediatric ophthalmologist. Truthfully though, do these parents even exist? I guess it would be a hard thing to admit, a bizarre harmless spin of munchausen by proxy. All of the mothers I know and particularly the ones I adore, admit they rarely even force their young children into button down shirts, allowing sports clothes on Sundays too as an argument over clothes is just ..

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Why I Had To Apply For Medicaid

Monday, June 13, 2016 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Why I Had To Apply For Medicaid

Medicaid. Not an option I had ever thought I would consider or need to consider, but here I was. Not for myself but for my two and half year old son, Amos. Amos had been slow to meet developmental milestones and his speech still had yet to come even though we had "been patient" and done intensive therapy since he was ten months old. We plugged along and hauled him to eight to ten theories per week, both private and through our state's early intervention program. This time of year brought the ..

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